Two for One: A Very Bad Deal for Our Nation

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By David Friedman, Union of Concerned Scientists Imagine you are in the market for a new car. You are excited to buy one with a new technology that will warn you of an imminent crash so you have enough time to hit the brakes to save your son’s or daughter’s...
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EPA Must Finalize Rules to Act on Dangerous Chemicals

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By Daniel Rosenberg and Veena Singla, Natural Resources Defense Council Talk about bad timing. After 40 years of stagnation, the most important federal law regulating chemicals for consumer product, commercial and industrial uses (the Toxic Substances Control Act, TSCA) just had a major...
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Americans Are Worried about Water Pollution (And They Should Be)

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Apparently the Trump administration hasn’t heard about the latest Gallup poll, which puts Americans’ concerns about water pollution and drinking water at their highest levels since 2001. Why do I say this? Because in addition to rolling...
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Why Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Won’t Boost the Economy

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By Michelle Zemil, Center for Progressive Reform It was Ronald Reagan who popularized attacks on regulations when he was on the campaign trail in 1980, and since then, the tactic has been an inescapable feature of our political landscape. The false claims about environmental regulations, job...
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EPA Says a Pesticide Is Harmful for Children; Scott Pruitt Says Let’s Use It on Our Crops

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Last year, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) panel found that a chemical pesticide, chlorpyrifos, is unsafe to ingest at any level. So in November of 2016, the EPA proposed to completely ban its use. But last week the EPA changed course: Scott Pruitt...
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Will Scott Gottlieb Comply with Industry Plea to Stall Added Sugar Label?

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, faced the Senate in his nomination hearing on Wednesday, during which he implied that delayed implementation of the science-based nutrition facts label...
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Policy Watch: Amid a Busy Week, Congress and the President Find Time to Roll Back Protections for Working People

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Congress will begin a two-week recess when the Senate concludes its business today. Leading up to today’s adjournment, the Senate spent much of the week focused on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation. Meanwhile, congressional...
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The CFPB’s Structure Is Constitutional and Important to Its Mission

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By Michael Landis, U.S. PIRG Last fall, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrongly concluded that the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau violates the Constitution. U.S. PIRG Education Fund, along with many others, urged...
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Trump Giving Auto Companies License to Pollute

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By Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council Another week, another attack on our health by the Trump Administration. The latest salvo from President Trump comes in the form of a more detailed budget proposal, first reported by The Washington Post, that outlines major cuts to EPA’s ability...
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Trump’s FCC and FTC Chairs Rush in to Defend Big Telco’s Assault on Internet Privacy

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press It’s hard to defend legislation that undermines internet users’ essential privacy rights. But that hasn’t stopped the broadband industry and its many friends in Washington from trying. Even amid widespread bipartisan outrage against the congressional resolution Trump...
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Threats or Promises: Which Way for the Trump Administration on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention?

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By David Jacobs, National Center for Healthy Housing Recent news articles suggest that Trump’s EPA hopes to drastically cut funding and staff for its lead poisoning prevention programs (“EPA Memo Outlines Plans to Defund Lead-Paint Program,” in Remodeling, April 4; a...
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Why Senator Lankford’s “BEST Act” Is Really the Worst for Federal Science

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists A few weeks ago, Sen. James Lankford (OK) introduced legislation called the “Better Evaluation of Science and Technology Act,” or “BEST Act” for short. The proposal takes the scientific standards language from the recently updated Toxic Substances...
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